All across the country, people are experiencing the fallout of one of the toughest losses of their lives. Like one giant communal hangover, our hearts and minds are filled with regret, despair and dismay. Over the past few months many young people were actively working towards and anxiously anticipating the outcome of the hotly contested presidential election. From voter registration drives and GOTV (Get Out the Vote) campaigns, spirited young people fought hard in hopes of new leadership for our country. We poured ourselves into the fight, yet only to suffer a devastating defeat.
But now is not the time to give up or become disheartened. We fought a good fight and despite early misleading reports, the Youth Vote did show up on Election Day. According to CIRCLE (The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement), 20.9 million Americans under the age of 30 voted in the election. Thats 4.6 million more than casted ballots in 2000. This turnout represents a 9.3% increase nationwide and in the Battleground states turnout was even higher, up 13% over 2000. So how did we loose? Well, we werent the only ones to show up on Tuesday. Voters of all ages also showed up in record numbers and the 18-29 demographic was the only group to favor the Democratic ticket (54% 44%) in the presidential race. So while the Democratic ticket may have lost, young people all over America showed up in record numbers and decisively voted for a change in government.
The initial success of original Mosh video was driven by messaging and timing that connected with people in our final hour. It was this generations call to arms in the lead up to the fiercely competitive presidential election. But, even though the elections outcome was beyond our reach we must not let it stop our momentum or undermine how we perceive the effectiveness of our collective voice. An alternative ending for the video provides the opportunity to remind all those who were inspired by the first version to not give up the fight. So if you are still searching for answers, knoe that our opinions still matter. We here have kept our heads up and have come back with a new ending, to hopefully show our battered teammates and the rest of the world that the fight continues and we will be heard.